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January 13, 2020 Posted in City Guides
Kate Holland

A true grunge and rock music fan born in Seattle, Kate has moved across the country and started writing about her experience

What Are the Best Restaurants in Seattle

Did you know that chocolate can be as healthy as fruit? Well, if you’re planning on relocating to Washington state’s largest city and want to have both, you should visit some of the best restaurants in Seattle.

breakfast food Seattle has many eateries you can enjoy

When a city is as big as this one, you know that there will be plenty of options for eating out. Don’t worry, there is a venue for everybody’s taste, from Mexican and Italian to fusion diners that mix the finest ingredients and recipes from different cultures and cuisines. This is the place that most foodies dream of and the food might even be one of your reasons to move here.

Since the largest man-made island in the USA is Harbor Island, you should check out some of the establishments by the water. Pay a visit, enjoy a fantastic view, and try some delicious and fresh seafood. In the birthplace of Starbucks, you will not only find good food but exceptional coffee as well as many local breweries that create unique craft ale.

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Joints With Delicious Burgers for True Carnivores

Are you somebody that appreciates fine dining, all while being a meat lover? Planning your moving budget to reduce the costs of relocating and moving to Seattle will bring you the opportunity to enjoy old-school dive bars and steakhouses. Make sure to donate unwanted items and check out moving tips on how to find a job before moving to another state so you can allow yourself to indulge.

Let’s start with Red Mill. The décor might not impress you, but you will certainly come back to have another bite of those delicious burgers. Red Mill has won the best burger award every year since 1998, along with numerous other honors and accolades.

The next spot you should check out is Lil Woody’s, which is an independent burger joint that supports the community. There you can find specialty, weekly, and signature burgers. All very affordable and very tasty.

8oz Burger and Co. is famous for its half-pound patties, tasty whiskey selection, and late-night happy hours.

Le Coin is a spot where you can have a taste of mushrooms mixed with burger meat and covered with a fondue of caramelized onions and cheese.

Smith is a location on Capitol Hill, and it serves a classic burger, simple and straightforward. There are only cheese and bacon as additional options, but you will be surprised by the size of french fries portions.

Spots That Serve Juicy Steaks

When you want to switch things up a bit, you should head out and find places with tasty steaks. Since local businesses have access to many sustainable farms and ranches in the state, there are varieties of fantastic meat dishes to choose from.

FlintCreek Cattle Co is first on the list. Its mission is to create a fantastic experience for their customers with a fun and inviting atmosphere. Besides, there are plenty of other options if you go out with somebody that is not a fan of steaks.

Joule is a Korean steakhouse in Fremont that serves not only meat but also noodles and vegetable dishes. You should try kalbi beef short ribs with grilled kimchi – they will surely live up to the hype.

Hamburger Day Americans consume approximately 50-billion burgers a year

Share a Good Story with Friends over a Tasty Brunch

Once your belongings finally make it to your new home, and you unpack, it is time to relax. Moving alone to another state is not easy, which is why you should start making new friendships as soon as possible. One of the many things to do in Seattle is enjoying brunch, so invite your coworkers, and start networking.

There are not many things that are better than enjoying your day while having tasty French toast, waffles, or sandwiches. Luckily, there are plenty of places in the town where you can get those.
Watson’s Counter is a peaceful bar that serves American and Korean meals such as gochujang pork belly eggs benedict and fried chicken.

Super Six was an auto body shop once upon a time, and now is a spot with Hawaiian brunch meals, like Nutella malasadas and pancakes with macadamia nut butter.

Are you looking for a location that oozes with a tropical vibe and has a similar menu? Stateside on Capitol Hill might be the place for you. If you want coconut yogurt parfait and some exotic fruit dishes, this is where you get them.

Nue is for those who are sick of pancakes and omelets. Also located on Capitol Hill, this is where you can swap omelets with pork and fried rice. You can have meals that originate from all over the world here, such as South Africa, Malaysia, or Puerto Rico.

Have you ever sunbather while having a meal? Terra Plata has a rooftop garden and a Spanish breakfast that will make you come here over and over again.

Are you in the mood for some real Southern brunch? The Witness is where you get it! From fried chicken to waffle with bourbon maple syrup, this is one of the first-rate places to eat out.

How does a pitcher of mimosas sound to you? Skillet Diner actually has it, along with big cinnamon rolls and iced lattes in mason jars.

Have a Fine Cup of Coffee at Some of the Greatest Destinations in the Emerald City

One of the things you should know before moving to Seattle is that this is the place where the first Starbucks came to be. So, finding good coffee to keep you focused while house-hunting and checking the safety of the neighborhoods should not be a problem. There are plenty of shops, cafes, and pour over stands. Whether you are craving Americano, pumpkin spice latte, or a cappuccino, there are plenty of establishments you can get them from.

Are you moving with dogs? You should know that Makeda and Mingus is a pet-friendly location that welcomes all of your furry friends. You can have a sip of Seven Roasters Coffee here along with some snacks.

Herkimer Coffee is a homey, local spot where the staff knows its regular guests by name. This mini-chain makes some of the tastiest coffee in town.

One of the oldest roasteries is Café Allegro, and it has been serving coffee since 1975. The establishment has art lined walls and tasty pastries, making it popular with students. If you researched Seattle public schools, this location surely came up as one of the most visited by scholars.

coffee Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world, so enjoy it

Enjoy a Taste of Asia in Some of the Best Restaurants in Seattle

Did you know that almost 15% of Seattleites have an Asian background? That’s why, when you get bored with typical American cuisine, you can always stop by some of the top-notch Asian restaurants. Nowadays, dining in these kinds of establishments doesn’t mean only eating sushi or noodles — chefs mix and bring a variety of different servings that will make you come back for more.

So, when calculating the cost of living in Seattle, make sure to include the money you will need for buying groceries in the market, and some tasty meals you will try while dining out.

Thai Curry Simple is a perfect location for all curry-lovers. If you choose to eat here, you will get to enjoy some of the finest dishes made with this spice.

Are you in the mood for dumplings? Check out Dough Zone Dumpling House and have a taste of Xiao Long Bao, aka soup dumplings. You can also enjoy fried buns and noodles, all at more than reasonable prices.

Tsukushinbo is a Japanese joint where you can taste specials such as squid simmered in its own guts or ramen and rice.

Having so many different dishes to choose from doesn’t seem like too much of a problem, right? If you visit Luosifen, it might become an issue. You can choose from beans, onions, bok choy, bamboo shoots, or any other items on the menu.

Enjoying Asian cuisine doesn’t mean you get to eat only dumplings and rice. Fuji Bakery is a fusion of east and west, and it combines the best of Japan and France. Here you can eat curry bun, have some tea or enjoy crunchy cream doughnuts. Whatever you order, you won’t be making a mistake.

Discover Venues With Other International Cuisines

When you know that 6% of Seattleites are native Mexican, you can bet that there will be some top places where you can have Mexican food, no matter if you choose to move during the holidays or in the summer.

In El Camion, you can try fish tacos and burritos. This establishment also has three trucks in different locations around town where you can get all of your favorite meals on the go.

Fonda La Catrina is a joint with great options for herbivores and carnivores alike. It serves genuine Mexican cuisine, but you can also experience authentic culture, music, and tradition.

Gainsbourg is a dark, moody gastropub where you can get a taste of French cuisine. A long bar, excellent cocktails, and an incredible cheesecake are what make this venue worth the visit. Also, while you are there, try beef patty blended with a taste of lamb.

Boat Street Kitchen mainly focuses on brunch and lunch. Simple ambient is bright and attractive to people who come here to enjoy poached eggs, biscuits, and custard cakes.

Are you a fan of Italian cuisine? Stop by Ristorante Picolinos that is located in Ballard. Have lunch there, sip some coffee, or enjoy a good wine selection.

With the name Bizzarro Italian Cafe, this place is exactly what its name suggests. The interior is decorated with hanging bikes, big paintings, and chandeliers. You can get gluten-free pasta, drunken clams, or famous Italian gnocchi.

cooking there are plenty of joints where you can get Asian or any other type of food you can imagine

First-Rate Sandwich Joints

Sometimes we need simple things in life, and when it comes to tasty meals, it doesn’t get simpler than sandwiches. When they are made right, they can be as delicious as any high-end restaurant meal.

Valhalla Sandwiches serves Fidel Cashflow, with pork belly, the Reubenator, with pastrami, as well as Thousand Island on grilled combo bread. Here you will find a combo sandwich made up of all of your favorite ingredients.

Un Bien has two locations, one of them is in Ballard, but both serve Caribbean sandwiches with jalapenos, lettuce, and toasted baguette. You can have some tasty ham and cheese or seared scallops as well.

Bongos is located near Green Lake, and it also serves Caribbean themed foods. You can have jerk chicken and yucca fries, all while enjoying a lovely view of the lake.

One of the most outstanding sandwich joints in the city is Hog Island Hoagie. It serves classic Philadelphia style sandwiches, with an excellent selection of meats, veggies, and cheeses.

A vegetarian-friendly location like Mean Sandwich is what you get when accomplished chefs get together. Eggplants, hummus, and beets are just some of the things you can add to your vegetarian wrap. And you can always put some yellow mustard, mint, or maple syrup on top of it.

Do you love tofu? Because if you do, Thanh Son Tofu is a joint where you can get fresh soy milk and tofu as part of various dishes.

The Swinery is a butcher shop in the West area of the town, and it serves burgers and sandwiches. You can have pulled or belly pork as well as smoked ham. Ingredients are always fresh and tasty.

Sandwiches are simple joys of everyday life, but sometimes you want to have a cold brew to top it all off. Luckily, there are many spots around town with excellent ale choices.

Locations Where You Can Kick Back and Enjoy Excellent Beer

This is the home of many local breweries, so when you are in the mood for some crafted ales, you should just take a walk around town and find a good spot to sit and relax.

Go to Beveridge Place Pub – it has 32 taps and a never-ending rotation of regional ales. This is a location with a chill and inviting atmosphere for beer drinkers, as well as those who just love to play pool or catch a game.

Canon is an establishment where you can get some delicious drinks that you won’t find anywhere else. It has been ranked among the top bars in the world, and it has some of the best spirits collection.

Bathtub Gin & Co. has not only beer on its menu but also an impressive list of cocktails. If you feel adventurous, stop by and order some Death Star, or Burn’s Twilight and see why this is one of the perfect places to grab a drink.

You should think about packing glasses and big beer mugs before you move. Living in the Emerald City means you might find a new favorite in some of the local breweries.

glass of beer Did you know that Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass?

The Tastiest Bakeries in the Emerald City

How do you feel about grabbing some pastries before you head out to work? Maybe you need to take a quick bite, and you are craving some baked delicacies? Don’t worry, being a true Seattleite means you get to enjoy a variety of treats in many bakeries all over the town.

Coyle’s Bakeshop rooted its cuisine offer in French technique. You can eat cakes, scones, tarts, and croissants here, and top them off with some strong teas.

Fresh Flour is an establishment that is created by Keiji Koh and Etsuku Minematsu, a husband and wife duo that introduces Japanese flavors and techniques into their pastry.

Are you a fan of cheesecake? Stop by Hood Famous Bakeshop and get a colorful sweet delight that you will enjoy. This bakery is influenced by Filipino cuisine and culture – that is why you can find Mango Calamansi and White chocolate guava on the menu.

Chocolate makes everything better, right? Why not enjoy some of the tastiest molten cakes in the town? Visit Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery and see for yourself why this is such a great location to get your daily sugar fix.

This is home to the Scandinavian-inspired Byen Bakeri, where you can have goodies like potato dumplings and lingonberries. If you relocated internationally and you feel nostalgic, this is where you go to grab a bite.

Crumble and Flake is a bakery you visit when you need your French pastry fix. The bakery is famous for its smoked paprika and cheddar croissants, so make sure that you check them out.

With this amount of sweets, you should probably make sure that the crew that provides you with packing services boxes up your sports equipment so that you don’t get out of shape.

Bakeries With Delicious Cupcakes and Donuts

Thinking about moving to a state you have never been to might cause anxiety about moving out and even relocation depression, but sweets are what can turn a bad day into a good one. Besides, even if you don’t feel blue, having a cupcake can make your day better. The same can be said for donuts as well. Luckily, as many Seattleites know, you can find many places that serve delicious cupcakes and donuts all around town.

Go to Frost and have some Pumpkin Pie Bismarck or Cinnamon Sugar donuts. This shop changes its menu frequently, so you will be surprised by new flavors whenever you stop by.

The vegan-friendly Mighty-O Donuts shop has a few locations around the city. The shop turns regular sweets into something completely different. It donates all the leftovers to the homeless, and it also supports local schools.

Donut Factory is an over-the-top cookie doughnut sandwich shop. When you stop by, you can have many different flavors of donuts, with toppings such as peanuts, Oreos, and bacon.

Raised Doughnuts make their delicacies from scratch with whole ingredients and without artificial coloring. Keep in mind that they make one big batch a day because the staff doesn’t want to waste any groceries.

Cupcake Royale is a shop to go to if you are craving some delicious baked goods. They have flavors such as cookies n creme, coconut, gluten-free vanilla, and salted caramel. Check this location out, and you will probably find something for yourself.

Do you want a custom cupcake for some kind of celebration? Visit Trophy Cupcakes and Party and have some. The shop also has cupcakes with the taste of vanilla, lemon, salted caramel, and many others.

If all of these places inspire you to cook, don’t leave your kitchen appliances in storage – use them to create deserts by yourself.

cupcake Have a cupcake to improve your day

Outstanding Vegetarian Restaurants

Choosing one of the vegetarian-friendly cities to live in means that you get a variety of options for dining out that can cater to your lifestyle choice. Many places accommodate vegan needs with ease. When looking for the best neighborhoods in Seattle, you should know where the outstanding vegetarian places are as well.

Are you looking for a place that serves veganized American diner-style meals? Look no more – Wayward Vegan Café is the joint to visit. Big portions, endless cups of coffee, and friendly staff are what make this venue a beloved and important part of the community.

If you are a big pizza fan, look no more, because Pizza Pi is one of the oldest vegan pizzerias, and it has stood the test of time for a reason. They create meals by mixing traditional margarita and pesto with American innovations such as BBQ chicken and mac and cheese.

Do you want to sip rum drinks and enjoy vegan cuisine, all that in a tiki theme decor? No Bones Beach Club is an establishment that you should visit. The staff here has a creative take on bar snacks, so you can get cauliflower wings, avocado tacos, or eggplant fries.

Broadfork Café is in the U District, and it serves health-conscious vegan meals. You can enjoy quinoa and rice, salads, sandwiches. And many of the used ingredients are grown locally. The restaurant has a mission to connect with the community through food.

Restaurants That Use Organic, Locally-Grown Ingredients

Moving to Washington State is a step that might inspire you to change some of your habits. That’s why when trying to stay healthy and eat accordingly, dining out can be tricky. Don’t worry, living in the Emerald City means easy access to organic food grown in the local environment. When searching for the best places to live in Seattle, make sure that you check out the dining options they offer.

If you want to have food that comes from local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers, Tilth Restaurant is for you. Its mission is to provide customers with a well-executed cuisine and nurturing service.

When you don’t feel like cooking, put on some shoes, and head out to Portage Bay Café. This place has been serving Seattleites since 1997. Here you can have organic breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

Imagine having to go through the day without your caffeine fix. It sounds like a nightmare, right? Luckily, with places such as Caffe Fiore, you can have organic coffee whenever you want to. This location has a homey vibe that welcomes everybody, and you won’t make a mistake if you decide to check it out.

When the daily tasks are done, you might want to kick back and relax a bit, and if you’re a beer drinker, Elliott Bay Brewing Co. is the joint to visit. It serves organic house-brewed ales made out of the finest local ingredients.

If you want to dine out at the establishment with organic meals, it doesn’t get any more organic than visiting a place that has its own farm. Homegrown has a certified farm where it gets its products that help create tasty and healthy meals.

salad on the plate is a good choice when moving cross country There are plenty of vegetarian options to choose from

Establishments With Fenomenal View

If you are a foodie that’s deciding where should they move,  you are in luck,  because when you relocate to a seaport place, you should expect that there will be some dining options by the water. Nothing beats eating while gazing over the lake or calm bay. Restaurants on the water have fresh seafood, but you can find other types of meals as well.

Ray’s Boathouse offers you loads of fresh seafood and the opportunity to enjoy the view of Puget Sound. If you are moving in together with your partner this is where you should celebrate that significant relationship milestone. Ray’s stick to classical dishes and the customers keep on coming.

Agua Verde Café is a Mexican restaurant that looks over Portage Bay. You can order from the orange truck and enjoy some interestingly designed cocktails.

If you are looking for an epic experience, stop by Mbar. This glass-walled restaurant allows you to enjoy the view of some of Seattle’s most well-known attractions such as the Space Needle, Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. Here you can treat yourself with a mixture of Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Italian cuisine.

If you’re moving for a relationship, keeping the spark alive is crucial. That’s why, for a date night, stop by Maximilien Restaurant that is downtown. Located in Pike Place Market, its French cuisine and a view of Elliott Bay set a pretty romantic atmosphere.

Moving to a big city means that many things you get to do depend on where you choose to live. Some of these places will be closer than others if you’re relocating to the suburbs, but if you learn how car shipping works and decide to use auto transport services, you will be able to check them out without a fuss. Transporting your car across the country means that it won’t take you a long time to travel from one place to another.

Many spots that are near the water can give you not only phenomenal views but a specialized menu consisting of fresh and exquisite seafood. And if you are not near the water but are longing for some crabs or lobster, there are plenty of establishments around town that can serve you.

Where to Eat the Tastiest Seafood in Seattle

Do you love the taste of salmon or fresh oysters? Maybe you enjoy smoked fish and fried squids? If you do, there are plenty of places you can dine out in. The Emerald City is surrounded by water, making it a good ground for seafood joints. One of the things to do after the move is to explore all of the meal options.

Take a walk down by the docks and stop at Elliott’s Oyster House. You can order some of the tastiest oysters, but also shrimp and calamari.

Dining in Sushi Kashiba means you get to eat in a venue that offers an unforgettable sushi experience, with the highest Japanese cuisine standards. Chef Shiro Kashiba has been creating meals for over five decades.

The Walrus and The Carpenter is located in Ballard, and it is a mix of a restaurant and a fishing pub. Here you can have snacks and drinks served in a cozy and welcoming setting.

Sunny Day Look out of the window and enjoy

Best Late-Night Places

Sleepless in Seattle might just be a movie, but if you’re a night owl, you should know that many restaurants stay open past 10 pm. You would not want to wander around the area looking for an open establishment to grab a bite. Luckily, some locations stay open late into the night and can help you cope with moving stress.

One of those is the North Star Diner & Shanghai Room, and it works 24/7. This is great news for everybody that gets a craving for a homemade meal in the middle of the night, or after going out. You can have old fashioned milkshakes, coffee, and healthy specials.

Thai-style tapas that you can get until 2 am? Yes, it is possible in Bites of Bangkok. Here you can enjoy not only food but comedy shows on selected nights.

Do you want to walk into a classical diner with a chill and relaxing vibe? Go to Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge and have popular breakfast items such as steak and eggs benedict.

Let’s say you are going home from a bar, and you want to have some of the tastiest hot dogs in the city – you should stop by Monster Dogs. The basic meal option is having a hot dog covered with cream cheese and grilled onions, but you can choose other toppings on the menu.

If the late-night pizza sounds fun to you, stop by Rocco’s, because the place works until 2 am every day. The shop uses local organic products whenever possible and makes most of their meals from scratch.

You want to go bowling, put some money in a slot machine, or grab a bite? At Roxy’s Bar and Grill, you can have all of it. This fusion restaurant has some delicious salt and pepper wings that you can enjoy while listening to the sound of falling pints.

Places such as Emerald City have so much to offer to its locals and newcomers, which is why the best time of the year to move here is anytime. With its diversity, openness, and friendliness, this is a city that can fulfill not only your gastronomical but every other need as well. So even if you are reducing relocation expenses and decide to move into a smaller home without that typical, big, family kitchen, you certainly won’t stay hungry here. Enjoy in discovering and exploring the hidden gems of this culinary heaven. It would be worth it.


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